Universities in Wales to welcome back students from April 12

All students studying at universities in Wales will be able to return to campus from April 12, the country’s education minister said.

Kirsty Williams said at a press conference in Cardiff: “As of April 12, we expect all students to be able to return to blended learning for the duration of the summer semester.

“The universities have planned to teach and learn more in the summer semester than is usually the case in the academic cycle.”

Students are offered coronavirus tests before returning to university. All students and staff who cannot work from home regularly are given lateral flow tests twice a week.

Ms. Williams added, “I am very grateful to the students for maintaining a high level of compliance in difficult circumstances.

“No other generation has been asked to endure such a different university experience.”

The coronavirus incidence rate in Wales has fallen from a high of more than 600 cases per 100,000 people in December to around 40 cases per 100,000 people.

Dr. Chris Jones, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Wales, described the fall as “very encouraging,” especially given the new variant.

More than 1.1 million people in Wales have received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine and more than 264,000 people have received their second dose.

“This means that over 35% of the population in Wales have had their first vaccination and almost 10% are fully protected after two doses,” said Dr. Jones at a press conference in Cardiff.

“We are still on track to reach the next milestone by mid-April of offering five to nine vaccinations to everyone in the priority groups, provided that vaccine supplies remain on track.”

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